Shepard Fairey turns himself in to Detroit authorities

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Shepard Fairey turned himself in to authorities in Detroit today, according to the Free Press.

Last week, the notorious street artist was detained overnight in Los Angeles following a warrant for his arrest in Detroit, but was released when it was found authorities wouldn't extradite him. Fairey is charged with vandalizing nine properties with his signature wheat-pasted "Andre the Giant" while he was in town in May. The artist came to Detroit to create a mural on One Campus Martius for Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services and to promote his show, Printed Matters, currently on display at Detroit's Library Street Collective gallery. 

Fairey took a flight to Detroit on Monday and turned himself in on Tuesday. According to court documents, Fairey's bond is set at $75,000 for creating $9,000 worth of damage, with a 10 percent deposit to shake loose. Additionally, the artist faces up to five years behind bars and fines that could exceed $10,000. He is expected in court again on July 21.

Fairey has said that he spent his "own money" to make the Bedrock mural happen. When asked for comment, a spokeswoman from Bedrock said they "do not comment on financial arrangements with any artist commissioned to do work inside or outside of our buildings."

Printed Matters is on view until Aug. 15.

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